Xbox is the first sixth-generation desktop game console developed by Microsoft with the aim of competing with SONY's PlayStation 2 console and Nintendo's Gamecube.Developed in conjunction with Microsoft, Intel and Nvidia, it has an Intel Pentium III microprocessor, based on the x86 architecture similar to that of a PC, thus making it easy for video game developers to adapt many of the PC titles for the Xbox. Among other features it has a DVD reader, Ethernet connector and has 4 connectors for game controllers. The Xbox was developed by a small group of developers hired by Microsoft.
Microsoft repeatedly delayed the news of its new console and it was finally revealed as a project in late 1999, following interviews with Bill Gates. Gates said that a game / entertainment device is essential for multimedia convergence in the new times of digital entertainment.According to Dean Takahashi's book, "Opening the Xbox" was known as "DirectX-box", hinting at the use of DirectX in a video game console. The final name for its marketing was "Xbox", the console still retained some of the word DirectX, especially the letter "X" that forms the system logo.